Hashima Island aka Ghost Island, Japan; Hell On Earth at the Devil's Den

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Surrounded by calm blue waters, the haunting image of Hashima Island holds many keys to the past among the many forgotten buildings that greet you upon your arrival. At first glance, the gateway to the Devil's den appears to be in the offering if the blatant thick and misty atmosphere is any indication as to what each obscure turn has in store for anyone daring to investigate it.

Remnants of a Deeply Scarred, Concrete Bordered City On the Water

Dubbed one of the creepiest and most haunted destinations on the planet; the Island of Hashima aka Gunkanjima aka Ghost Island, holds nothing back when it comes to that chilling and eerie fear factor. After only one visit to the island, you realize that it's incredible likeness to hell on earth makes it the perfect location for filming horror and paranormal flicks. The deeply scarred and haunting ruins of today are the remnants of the bustling coal mining facility that once employed and housed thousands of workers. Today the emptiness is mirrored by haunting images of the almost 6,000 residents that long ago considered the concrete bordered city on the coast of Nagasaki, Japan their home, and even though the island is completely void of any human species that may currently be living and breathing amongst the broken fragments, the ominous feeling that someone is lurking in the darkest corners of the abandoned parcel is more than apparent to anyone that dares to tread into the pending dangers that lie ahead.

The Gateway to the Devil's Den is Located On Hashima Island

At first glance, the gateway to the Devil's den appears to be in the offering if the blatant thick and misty atmosphere is any indication as to what each obscure turn has in store for anyone daring to investigate it. Once opened to tourists, Hashima Island has been closed off since the 1970s. Visitors must now take a boat from the nearby island of Takashima, but this is only if they can find someone who isn't afraid to do so, because not only do the locals fear the shadow entities, treading around the haunted island is punishable by law. From a distance, Hashima Island resembles Alcatraz with it's unsightly concrete sea wall that encases the hidden ghostly gems that are most likely waiting to be awakened by the gentle conjuring of the unknowing souls that visit the area from time to time. Often reflected upon as the "Forgotten World," visitors will discover everything from a stairway to hell, where many describe feelings of pain while climbing the winding stairs that once was used as a gateway to neighboring apartments within the facility. A shrine that was once honored by the mine workers can be found at the top of the stairway near building 57. Each year in April, the Yamagami celebration would bring the entire community on the island together for the festivities.

Alluring Black Water & the Ghosts of Chinese War Prisoners at Ghost Island

Surrounded by calm blue waters, the haunting image of the island holds many keys to the past among the many forgotten buildings that greet you upon your arrival. Located within the rubble, you will find the remnants of baths that once gave relief to the tired mine workers after a long, hard day of grueling work. The miners would submerge themselves, fully clothed into the alluring black water that soothed aching bones. The eroded buildings have been brutally punished by the sea air and the ghosts that live on the island have been left behind and all but forgotten until someone arrives and wakes them up.

It is believed that most of the apparitions hanging around the abandoned city on the water are more than likely Korean and Chinese war prisoners that were brought in to compensate for the lacking work force that World War II had a higher need for. The bustling daily grind on the island was abruptly halted when the Japanese mine workers were sent to battle. The prisoners worked long days, were forced into cramped and filthy lodging conditions, endured disease, and barely survived on the starvation diet that was served to them daily on unclean eating vessels, similar to a small dog bowl. Many of these laborers succumbed to death, their bodies burned on the island, leaving a dark and foreboding element to the island that is still felt today.

A Threatening Atmosphere, Dark Shadows & Distorted Cries

Courage is needed to step foot onto the island due to the threatening atmosphere that greets you just before docking your boat and walking on shore. Lights coming from deep within the rubble can be seen flickering, but their source is never located. After stepping foot onto the eerie property, there is a feel that at any moment someone will appear from one of the many apartments. Dark shadows have been caught peering at onlookers, offering proof of the lives that once existed on Hashima Island so many years ago. Toys, dishes, furniture, clothing and other objects are strewn about the apartments and along the grounds. The hospital beds that were once a place of hope for the sickly bodies that rested upon them are now rusted and disintegrated. Dusty bottles of medicine sit on shelves, untouched other than from the slow decay that the sea delivers to them over the years. Distorted cries and moans have been heard coming from the underground mines that once served as a way of life to the people that lived here. For others, it was their personal fear cage that was nothing short of hell on earth.

Paranormal Investigators are Rewarded with Voice Recording of Ghosts On the Island

Several manifestations on Ghost Island have been seen by the living, but only when these energies desire to appear and make their ghostly presence known. A few of these lost souls have remained in place long enough to allow the subject witnessing them to photograph their haunting image. Paranormal investigators have used many types of equipment to determine if the island is truly haunted and they never walk away disappointed. The Electronic Voice Phenomena that records the voices of the dead and typically detects white noise or static proved to be beneficial when used on the island. The investigators were rewarded with voices that came back babbling, and several more lucky hits from the EVP supported further evidence that the dead was attempting to communicate with the living with the uttering of the chilling words spoken in a language indigenous to a foreign country.

Cold spots deliver temperature spikes in dangerous areas that more than likely took the lives of many of the workers and are now havens for the ghosts. Concentrated areas known as portals or vortexes can be located throughout Hashima, specifically at the entrance of the mine shafts. The feeling of being in direct contact with the ghosts comes by way of touch. This is a common occurrence on Ghost Island. People have described being pushed, pulled, burned, and scratched during their visit to Hashima.

Due to public interest in the island, the government has designated Hashima as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In 2009, the History Channel featured the island in an episode aptly named, "Life After People, the Bodies Left Behind." Hashima Island has been used as an inspirational backdrop for music videos and films due to the realistic effects that have been brought on by the elements after being abandoned and unpopulated for over forty years.

Photos Courtesy of Urban Exploration Resources, Google and CNN

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Bath, Chinese, Devil, Employed, Facility, Ghost, Hashima, Haunted, Japan, Japanese, Miners, Paranormal

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Sherri has lived in several haunted properties, including a morgue turned basement apartment. Instead of fearing the paranormal, she has opted to embrace, investigate and understand it.

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
25th Jun 2015 (#)

Sherri, excellent writing as always and congratulations on the shiny gold star that is well deserved. One thing is for sure I will not be visiting the island. It is just too scary for me. I have a lot of thoughts when I think of this island. First I was thinking about the tortured souls and how sad it is. Secondly I was thinking maybe it would be best if the island didn't exist anymore. Such a sad, desolate and scary place. I think the tortured souls need peace. This article proves you are a paranormal writer of the highest degree. Smiles to you today and always!

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
25th Jun 2015 (#)

Sherri, I shared this on my facebook page and Twitter.

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author avatar Shamarie
25th Jun 2015 (#)

Great article Sherri and congrats on the star page!!! Hashima Island seems like an interesting place to visit!

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author avatar Retired
25th Jun 2015 (#)

Really interesting. I love reading stories like this. =)

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author avatar Retired
25th Jun 2015 (#)

Anywhere that housed prisoners, whether they lived or died after the incarceration, is apt to attract the curious. Death, even the prospect of it for its former inhabitants, raises interest, such as the death camps of WWII. As a writer about these ghostly places, can you explain that curiosity?

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author avatar Carol Roach
26th Jun 2015 (#)

a fascinating story, I love ghost stories

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author avatar Carol Roach
26th Jun 2015 (#)

a fascinating story I love ghost stories

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
27th Jun 2015 (#)

Interesting as always Sherri.

I hope we can understand more about ghosts and what they want to convey so that it is message well received and thank you - siva

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author avatar Randhir Bechoo
27th Jun 2015 (#)

Interesting share.

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author avatar brendamarie
28th Jun 2015 (#)

I love ghost stories. Great piece!! Congrats on the gold star.

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author avatar Retired
2nd Jul 2015 (#)

Awesome article, Sherri.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
7th Jul 2015 (#)

a fascinating read ...thank you Sherri....

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